Server Move 9-10pm Eastern
Expect possible down time, site wonkiness.
The long-anticipated move to a new, more powerful server is set for the 9 o’clock hour this evening. Afterwards, you should notice significantly faster site loads and it opens up some improved backend options as well.
There will be sporadic downtime as the move occurs and then some latency as the site resolves to the new IP; that should take less than an hour. Comments posted during that time could conceivably disappear as well.
The move will break an ancient plugin that we use to support formatting of comments, so we’ll move to a different plugin that’ll take a bit of getting used to.
UPDATE: The move took closer to two hours than one, presumably a function of there being 49,000 posts and 1.2 million comments in the database. The pages should definitely be loading faster. Let me know if you notice any wonkiness.